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    beach fishing with a fly rod?

    As many stalkers love a bit of fishing I was hoping to get a bit of advice. I'm taking the kids to do some camping east of Weymouth and want to try casting off the beach with them whilst I am there. I have a mismatch of old fly fishing gear and don't really want to spend too much so is there a setup that might work with what I have already? what lures shall I buy and what method will work best?

    I have (don't laugh),

    an old fibreglass (I think) fibafly 8-9 flyrod and assorted flys
    an equally old Daiwa flyreel
    an okuma interceptor spinning reel

    Anything I can do with this lot?

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    Hi Tackleberry,

    Try "Go Outdoors" they sell a spinning rod/reel/line setup ideal for a couple of days out for 10.

    Willie

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    There is one in Poole. I can see myself spending more than should but presuming my spinning reel will do the job, I could probably figure out a rod by the titles, but then what line, lure/bait and what should I be aiming to catch? Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackleberry270 View Post
    There is one in Poole. I can see myself spending more than should but presuming my spinning reel will do the job, I could probably figure out a rod by the titles, but then what line, lure/bait and what should I be aiming to catch? Any recommendations?
    Clouser minnows and poppers, if that advice works and you catch a Bass stick it in the freezer and I will take it off your hands next time we meet!
    Cheers and good luck
    Richard

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    if there are Bass about, then you can fly fish for them, alternatively by one of the cheap telescopic kits and try a rubber eel and bubble float, run it with a 6-8 ft leader off the float, cast out and retrieve like a plug or spinner.
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    floating line, sinking tip.. 10lb leader and something either white and long or some of these big lures used for reservoir fishing. You'll pick up bass on these but mackerel which are more plentiful are just as good from a sport perspective. Try fishing low tide somewhere with features and fish from low tide 'up' over. bass move in with the tide sweeping up food as they go. low tides coinciding with day break or sun set will work the best. Keep an eye out for shoals of mackerel catching fry, if your lucky enough to catch a small joey, handle it carefully, stick a 4/0 hook on instead of a fly, stick the big hook through the top lip of the joey mackerel and gently lob it out and wait.. Ive had some phenominal sport either fishing with small mepps spinners or freelining live joeys for bass. Used to spend most of my time fishing off the rocks when i was based in kent..

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    Lump of lead with a a 3 foot leader to a hook baited with a fresh mussel. Should catch crabs or a flounder if your lucky. Instead of the lead could use a bubble float might catch a bass.

    ​good luck, Willie

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingfisherman View Post
    floating line, sinking tip.. 10lb leader and something either white and long or some of these big lures used for reservoir fishing. You'll pick up bass on these but mackerel which are more plentiful are just as good from a sport perspective. Try fishing low tide somewhere with features and fish from low tide 'up' over. bass move in with the tide sweeping up food as they go. low tides coinciding with day break or sun set will work the best. Keep an eye out for shoals of mackerel catching fry, if your lucky enough to catch a small joey, handle it carefully, stick a 4/0 hook on instead of a fly, stick the big hook through the top lip of the joey mackerel and gently lob it out and wait.. Ive had some phenominal sport either fishing with small mepps spinners or freelining live joeys for bass. Used to spend most of my time fishing off the rocks when i was based in kent..
    Top advice, might give that a go with light tackle when I go to the West Country...I like fishing with light tackle, much more fun!

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    Hi TB270
    Your fly kit won't live long if you take it to the salt, not unless you meticulously clean it after each and every use, ie every time you reach a source of fresh water, not just at the end of the trip.
    New would be better but likely to be pricey if you buy specifically for the salt water. Flies would include deceivers, clousers and gurglers - anything which looks like a small sandeel or herring.
    Not a bad spinning reel, stick some new line on it 10 or 12lb, get a 9' or 10' spinning rod, a couple of surface running lures like poppers and a couple of bass bullets and you'll be good to go.
    Small bass are easy, the ones around 2lb can be almost suicidal, bigger specimens take a bit more effort and luck to catch.
    Good luck!
    BTW admin, you've set your filters a bit too tight - can't spell salt-water as all one word? Seriously? Let's see if S****horpe gets through...........
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    Its about the best sport you can have fishing off the rocks, the only thing which i rate as better sport is catching smoothounds off the beach, thats something else!

    Just thinking about it is making me wish i still lived near the sea!! This one was taken on freelined joey in the middle of the day, 6' from the tip of my rod
    Last edited by flyingfisherman; 27-07-2013 at 17:09.

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